Two ranked soccer teams took the field Monday night at Dallas Center-Grimes Stadium. No. 8 DC-G defeated no. 6 Winterset by a score of 5-2. With the victory, the Mustangs improved their record to 9-4.
The five DC-G goals came from five different players. Ben Fisher, Sam Glasgow, Gavin Hawthorne, Brody Kleen and Caleb Thacker all recorded scores.
Hawthorne’s goal came about halfway through the second half to extend DC-G’s lead to 4-2. The score was timely because Winterset had just scored a few minutes earlier to climb within one. He said it was a huge win for the team.
"The whole week, we were just thinking ‘we need to win this one,’" Hawthorne said. "This is a statement win for us. We just went out there, and we capitalized."
Dody Kim, who has been a team leader all season and provided an assist in Monday’s win, said it was a team effort. He said unity is a main focus for the Mustangs.
"I think everyone, from starters to bench players, have all bought in, and we’ve really just been working as a team," Kim said.
Coming into the game, Winterset had only one loss and was coming off a big victory over Adel-DeSoto-Minburn. The Mustangs knew it would be a tough challenge, but they responded.
"It’s big. Every win from here on out is big," said DC-G coach Scott Newel. "We’ve got a lot of momentum right now, we just keep building off of that."
According to the coach, everything is clicking right now.
"We’ve got some good leaders out there right now," Newel said. "Guys are believing in each other. And like I said, when you’ve got everybody working together, it’s hard to beat 11 guys working all together."
Moving forward, DC-G will look to improve on some smaller details heading into postseason play. Newel said the team can always get better at finishing, and there were some opportunities that were missed on Monday.
Kim said there’s some little stuff that needs to be figured out, but other than that, he’s excited to see where the postseason goes.
"In my four years of soccer, this is the best soccer we’ve played, and this is the best team I’ve been part of," Kim said.
Next up for DC-G is a home game against Grinnell on May 13. The Mustangs will finish up the regular season against Urbandale and Pella Christian.